Published on 29/04/20
Due to the unprecedented global situation many key events in our calendars are looking a little different this year. Fashion Revolution Week 2020 and our ECA accredited businesses pivoted into the new digital norm. Last week saw the remote factory tours, online panel events, DIY at home sewing projects and so much more.
Read our wrap up below.
Who Made Your Clothes: Fashion Revolution Online Panel Event
Thank you to everyone who tuned into our first online panel event as part of Fashion Revolution Week 2020 last week. A big thank you to our panellists, Gary Campbell from Nobody Denim, Cate Coleman from The Social Studio, Beth Macpherson and Nguyet Nguyen from the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Union and Ut Hong Nguyen for sharing her story as an outworker in Australia. In case you missed it, you can listen to the discussion recording HERE.
Pictured below: Ut Hong Nguyen (image 1), ECA online panel (image 2).
Meet The Makers
As part of Fashion Revolution Week we came together to celebrate the incredible talents of our local makers; we sparked conversations and encouraged consumers to ask brands and businesses #WhoMadeMyClothes. This year, despite COVID-19, a number of ECA businesses still took part in the week including Nobody Denim, Arnsdorf and Woolerina who hosted Meet The Makers series across their digital channels. It was great to see ECA businesses again introducing their audiences to the faces behind our local industry.
And in another digital response to the current global situation Citizen Wolf went from hosting workshops in their Sydney factory to introducing the DIY Remote Tote Kit and Remote Factory Tour hosted on their Instagram. As part of their Fashion Revolution Week Citizen Wolf hosted two live workshops where participants could sew their totes along at home with guidance from their talented team of workers.
Rana Plaza Anniversary
Last week on the seventh anniversary of Rana Plaza’s 2013 factory collapse in Bangladesh we remembered the lives lost and those injured. The collapse was the worst industrial incident to hit the garment industry. The day before the collapse, large structural cracks were discovered in the building. As a result, the businesses on the lower floor of the building closed, but warnings were ignored by the garment factory owners on the upper floors. This was despite the protest of the workers who were ordered back to work by the factory owners on the day of the collapse 1,134 people were killed and thousands more were injured. Unfortunately, the event has not seen an end to exploitation, abuse, low wages and poor safety of garment workers globally. We continue to come together to discuss these issues, take action and remember those whose lives were lost or injured in 2013.